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Government

  • Legislative session reaches halfway point

    By State Rep. Terry Mills 

     

    The General Assembly debates dozens of bills each legislative session, but most fall under several broad categories such as education, health and public safety, infrastructure and economic development.

    Those last two were the chief focus of the Kentucky House’s work last week, as my colleagues and I approved legislation that would make it easier for government and the private sector to work together and that would take an in-depth look at the state’s workforce development programs.

  • Budget discussions continue in state legislature

    By State Rep. Terry Mills

    Just as it is often said that games are won or lost during practice, a similar principle applies as well to legislation.  Before a bill can clear the House or Senate, it has to make it through a committee first.

    That groundwork is especially crucial when it comes to the budget, which Governor Bevin proposed late last month. The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee began reviewing it in-depth last week.  The chamber is on track to complete this work and vote on it by the early days of March.

  • Additional filings for state office

    Several people filed to run for state offices last Tuesday after press time of the LaRue County Herald News.

    The additional filings were democrat Ricky Alvey who filed as a candidate for state senator. He will face democrat candidate Leslie J. Stith in the May primary election. The republican candidate for state senator is Stephen L. Meredith.

  • Beginning the budget process

    By Terry Mills

    State Representative

    The biggest responsibility the governor and the General Assembly have during legislative sessions in even-numbered years is enacting a budget to run state government.  It sets our priorities in a way no other law can.

    The budget process actually began months ago, when agencies compiled their projected needs while the state’s economists, known as the Consensus Forecasting Group, determined exactly how much the state could appropriate.

  • Short week at state legislatrue

    By State Representative Terry Mills

    With the General Assembly off on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and on Friday because of the snow, last week was an especially short one for legislators.

    However, a reduced schedule didn’t keep the House from moving several bills forward.

    Last Wednesday, the chamber’s Judiciary Committee put its support behind House Bill 229, which would give the Attorney General’s office jurisdiction to pursue and prosecute human trafficking cases.  

  • Primary election taking shape

    The May Primary election is taking shape as the filing deadline for candidates ended Tuesday, January 26.

    LaRue Countians will cast their vote for several races during the primary election including U.S. president, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, state senate and state representative. There are no county or city races in the 2016 primary election. The following are the candidates who filed on Tuesday prior to the publication deadline for the LaRue County Herald News.

  • Beginning of the 2016 Regular Session

    By Terry Mills

     

    If the final days of a legislative session are spent deciding what laws the General Assembly will pass, then the first few days are focused on what the House and Senate hope will be on that list.

    Setting those priorities was the main theme last week as other legislators and I returned to the Capitol and began filing legislation to kick off the 2016 Regular Session.

  • Breaking News - Boil Water Advisory

    The City of Hodgenville at 3:45 p.m. Monday, January 11, 2016 has issued a Boil Water Advisory for the area of Old Sonora Road. The advisory is until further notice.

    17 Customers are affected in the block of 145-1561 Old Sonora Road.

    For more information contact the City of Hodgenville at 270-358-3832

  • Fiscal court approves bridge replacement

    LaRue County Fiscal Court, at its November 10 meeting, passed a resolution that authorizes $120,000 from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to be used toward replacing the long-standing Hall-Gaddie Bridge on the south fork of the Nolin River.

  • Election Results - LaRue County

    REPUBLICAN Candidates sweep LaRue with all precincts reporting.

    Unofficial Election Returns for LaRue County find Republican candidate Matt Bevin the clear winner with all precincts reporting. Bevin carried LaRue County with an unofficial total of 2009 votes over Democratic candidate Jack Conway with 1214 votes. (updated 7:25 p.m.)